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Top 5 Spooky Destinations For Your Next Travel Assignment

October 27, 2021 | Traveler Tips

Spooky season is upon us, and it’s the perfect time to spice up your next travel nursing assignment. If you’re seeking some haunted thrills, one of these 5 spook-tacular cities may be the perfect place to book your next contract.

New Orleans, LA

By paranormal standards, New Orleans has it all. Voodoo queens, myths of vampires and ghosts galore. The historic buildings in the French Quarter and the cemeteries around the city are featured stops on New Orleans ghost tours — and for good reason. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 ranks at the top of the list, as it’s the final resting place of voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau. Rumor has it, she curses anyone who walks by her grave. In the French Quarter, the cloak of night puts a spooky filter on its historic streets and alleyways, with chances to run into ghosts around every corner. Almost every hotel in the Quarter has rumors of apparition sightings, and many of the bars and restaurants are known for their paranormal visitors, which means you can drink your spirits and see them too!

Savannah, GA

The Bloody battles, deadly diseases and fearsome fires of Savannah’s past have left many restless spirits in their wake. When you walk into a historic building or cemetery in Savannah, you may very well catch sight of a ghost — let’s just hope it’s a friendly one! If you want to stay in a haunted hotel, check in to Marshall House, where guests have reported seeing the ghosts of patients who died in the former hospital from wounds on the battlefield or during the Yellow Fever epidemic. You can also stop by the Moon River Brewing Co. to have a beer and experience its alleged paranormal activity firsthand. The ghosts here have been known to throw bottles and play tricks on staff members.

Salem, MA

The sinister history of Salem’s witch trials can delight history buffs and paranormal seekers alike. The Witch House, the only building remaining that has a connection to the witch trials, and the House of the Seven Gables, are both known for being haunted. Proctor’s Ledge is another spot with a haunted history. Many historians agree it’s the site of the hangings of the convicted Salem “witches” and the executed women are believed to still haunt the area. Like many cities, the cemeteries in Salem also have a history of ghost sightings. Burying Point Cemetery and Howard Street Cemetery are two of the most famous.

Chicago, IL

A deadly fire, mob activity and a notorious serial killer have all led to Chicago’s reputation as a haunted destination. Nederlander Theatre was the site of a tragic fire that killed hundreds of patrons. The alley behind the theatre was used as a temporary morgue after the fire, and is now known as “Death Alley,” with reports of cries and apparition sightings from visitors. Chicago also has a long mob history, with the infamous Al Capone at the center. Deaths related to the 1920s gangs of Chicago are rumored to haunt the city, from dumping bodies in the river to the St. Valentine’s Day massacre that resulted in the death of seven gang members. Some of the other lost souls that have been sighted are believed to be the victims of H.H. Holmes, a serial killer responsible for murdering dozens in his Englewood home. While his old home has been replaced by a post office, its presence is still felt by employees.

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco may not come to the top of your mind when you think spooky, but the city is filled with creepy places that are sure to send a chill down your spine. One of San Francisco’s most famous landmarks is Alcatraz. The former prison is a notoriously unnerving place, with the ghosts of previous inmates, and the remanent of what happened inside its walls, haunting visitors. Guests have reported hearing the voices and footsteps of nonexistent people while touring the grounds. Other famous haunts include the “white lady” spirit at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, The San Francisco Art Institute (which was built on top of a graveyard) and the Manrow House, aka the “House of Demons” — just to name a few. 

While all these cities have harrowing pasts, they also have plenty of other (not haunted) attractions and hospitals that need qualified travelers to fill their open positions. When you’re ready to choose your next assignment, browse our open jobs!

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